Saturday, October 10, 2009

Celebrating Pink Saturday at the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Brasstown, North Carolina

Each year the John C. Campbell Folk School hosts a Fall Festival and I’m here to celebrate Pink Saturday. A group of bloggers from around the world get together on Saturday to celebrate everything pink and our hostess is Beverly of How Sweet The Sound. Today I’m here to find some pink, enjoy the craft booths and demonstrations and listen to some music.

Here's a friendly witch with bright pink feathers in her hat that highlight her Halloween costume.

I found more pink in a booth with gorgeous hand-blown glass sculptures. This glass platter was hand-formed by a talented local artist and is nearly 40 inches in diameter.

Last week I visited Crane Creek Vineyards and found a cute pink metal pig at their gate welcoming everyone to the tasting room. I believe I just spotted her sister. Don’t you love her? She’s aptly named “When Pigs Fly.”

Look at this cool airplane. Many years ago, when we were first married and before my husband owned his own plane, I would give him planes as a gift. Not the real thing of course - just stuff like wooden toy planes and collectables such as this beauty so I could say with great enthusiasm as I handed him his gift, “I bought you an airplane for your birthday.”

John C. Campbell Folk School sits on 300-acres in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina. The school offers a year-round roster of 860 sessions for adults in traditional skills such as basketry, calligraphy, batik dying, crafts, arts, music, dance, gardening, blacksmithing, and photography to name a few. In cooking, for example, there are forty-two different classes to choose from. The family-style meals provided during your stay feature organic produce grown on-site.

National Geographic Books listed the John C. Folk School as one of the 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life. In their August 2009 issue Country Living Magazine featured an article, “Who says summer camp is just for kids?about the school.

According to our local newspaper, The Cherokee Scout, more than 13,000 attended the Fall Festival, breaking all previous records from the past 36 years of the festival’s history.

Old time wood working – that little man bobs up and down as the artist works the machine

Broom maker


Basketry & Wreaths – notice the beautiful dried pink hydrangea wreath


Metal sculpture – a glamorous rooster


A grits grinding machine – you know I bought a bag or two for myself - Recipe for Shrimp & Grits

Food Alley

Forty different groups provided live music and dance

As part of the celebration of talented artists, I would like to introduce a fabulous blog I discovered through my Pink Saturday adventures, Fifi Flowers Design Decor. Fifi is a talented artist who believes life should be full of whimsy and fun. So do I Fifi. Do drop by and say hello and see Fifi’s incredible art work. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you are a blogger and would like to join in the fun on Pink Saturday, be sure to contact Beverly for details. If you are interested in taking classes at the Folk School, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH for a free catalog or go to the John C. Campbell website.

Happy Pink Saturday everyone from the John C. Campbell Folk School in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina.


  1. Oh Sam, it looks like you had such fun, I love watching people do their own does not matter if I like the items or not, it is the craftsmanship that fascinates me!!

  2. Hi Sam,
    So much to see and do at the Fall Festival. Sounds like tons of fun. Thank you very much for sharing. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday.


  3. Oh, this brings back memories! I remember going to this festival back when I was in grad school at UT. I miss grits!

    Thanks for the photos. It looks like a wonderful day!

    Thank you for all the pictures...I love events like this and unfortunately I live in an area where there aren't any!

  5. Happy Pink Saturday, Sam. I love this kind of festival, and I sure wish I was there, too.

    I think I may have had to purchase that witch to reign in one of the rocking chairs on our front porch. She is a "cutie".

    I'm glad you met Fifi, and that you kindly are introducing her. She is wonderful, and I am happy to say that I have some of her wonderful creations.

  6. What an amazing place, Sam! I love it, and I wish that I could go there and take classes.

    I am in love with that glass platter. We have a lot of artists in St. Augustine, and I am in awe of their talent. At one point, there was a glass blowing studio, and they made the most amazing things. There is also a potter around the corner from us who fashions very whimsical pieces of which I have purchased a few.

    Years ago, I bought a "jiggling doll," and you would sit with a little board under your kneee while he danced on the end of it. LOL! I love whimsy!

    Happy Pink Saturday...


    Sheila :-)

  7. This would make for a fun day...I love festivals! That blown glass is gorgeous :D

  8. So many things to see and eat! What a nice festival!

    I had a recent house guest (Pepper Cory) who had just finished a week of teaching quilting at John C. Campbell. She had a wonderful time and made me long to take a course there.

  9. Oh, Sam. You've brought back some nice memories with this delightful blog.

    Donald and I have been to this festival, but it was many years ago when we were still in Georgia. I have wanted to take one of their week long classes for years, but have not been able to do that yet. I did manage to round up a woman who taught weaving classes at John Campbell, but lived in Atlanta & I took some classes from her in her home.

    The school has an exceptionally talented group of people teaching in one of the most peaceful spots on God's green earth.

    thank you.

    (ooooh - I am in love with that platter!!!)

  10. I love a great art festival and as a weaver myself, I could have spent hours speaking to other weavers and crafters. There looked to be a lot of great talent there, what a fun time. I esp. love the handmade brooms. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  11. I've heard of that Festival! It looks like so much fun and full of wonderful things! Happy Pink Saturday!

  12. How FUN this event looks... love that Kettle Korn too!!! Merci for introducing moi to your readers!!! I didn't read that Beverly had a challenge to introduce someone... that is a GREAT idea!!!
    ENJOY your weekend!

  13. Thanks for taking me to the festival!!! What fun!
    Happy PS

  14. What a perfect way to spend a day.

  15. What a fun-filled and interesting day you must have had!! Thank you for sharing!
    Happy Pink Saturday

    Bee blessed,

  16. Sounds like a great place to spend a day.

  17. I really enjoyed seeing the festival through your camera and your eye for detail and super craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing! Hope to see ya soon at CollectInTexas Gal....Sue

  18. What a fascinating school. The event looks spectacular and was a wealth of pinks, but I love the type of courses that are taught at this school. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday.

  19. What a fun day you have had!! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

  20. Sam, Thanks for these photos. It is like being there.
    Tipper of the Blind Pig and the Acorn played on stage with her family and her daughters danced. I was not able to go this year, but I feel like I was there after
    hearing Tipper's tapes and seeing your photos.

    To all those who said they would like to take a classs, I say you must do it. Call free number and ask for a free catalog. 1 8oo FOLK-SCH or

  21. It's like stepping back in time! What a lovely place! I am always fascinated with spinning and handweaving.

    When I was 18 I worked in a shop that sold looms and yarns for handweaving. :0)

  22. So enjoyed scrolling through your pictures.. I had boiled peanuts only once in Key West, whenever I hear them mentioned it brings me back there...

  23. Hello Sam, I read your comment on Jil's post and decided to visit a fellow North Carolinian. We have been to Brasstown many times but I did not know the history about the school. I love the festival and would have been there had I know about it. We live in Franklin.

    I enjoyed reading your profile and can only imagine your interest in writing and cooking. A wonderful accomplishment.

    Nice to meet you Sam.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  24. Sam, the festival was a great and you captured it so well.

  25. I love these kinds of festivals, and that glass sculpture is amazing. Now, I need to figure out if I've actually ever tried boiled peanuts and didn't realize it ...

  26. Lovely Pink Saturday post and sweet blog, too. Woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground so even thought this isn't Saturday I really needed a boost!

    Sorry, I didn't get to see everyone yesterday. I had important business. My 11 year-old grandson was playing football and he wanted Mimi to go to the out-of-town-last-of-the-season-game. THEY WON AGAINST AN UNDEFEATED TEAM! WOO-HOO! 35 - 17☺

    Hope the coming week blesses you with sunshine, happiness and good friends.

  27. Wow, I love this kind of event. The large glass platter caught my eye along with all the craft demonstrations. I've never been to North Carolina, now it's on my must see list.

  28. So many stuff that are interesting there!

  29. I just love festivals, of all kinds! So many to go to also! It is really nice that you shared all these pictures with us; I could almost feel as if I was right there! Looked like a LOT of fun (and even educational with the demonstrations!)..~ Roz

  30. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  31. That pink piggy is the cutest Sam...xv

  32. What a fun event! Thanks for sharing your pictures! Pink Saturdays are great!

  33. Sam,
    I'm glad you got to attend the Fall Festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I'm glad you got to go and watch the crafts people and hear the music. The photos are really good and I enjoyed your posting very much. Thanks for sharing the photos with us and your experience at the festival.

  34. There is no where else like the JCC Folk School. I didn't make it this year. Sam, your pictures certainly make me wish I had made the effort. Thanks for sharing this.

  35. WOW!!! I cant wait to get to John Campbell someday...soon!!!!


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